Nicole C. Lee


About Nicole

Nicole Lee is a diversity, equity and inclusion expert, leadership coach, nationally recognized speaker and strategist who regularly consults with nonprofits, schools, businesses and political and social movements to improve their climate for themselves and all those that they serve.

She is the founder of Inclusive Life™ and co-founder of the Lee Bayard Group LLC and Black Movement-Law Project (BMLP). For almost a decade she served as President of TransAfrica, working with leaders across the globe to advocate for a just U.S. foreign policy.

Nicole is a prolific speaker who has given testimony to the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and other international bodies. She has been a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and BBC. She has been recognized for her outstanding contributions in the private and public sectors through numerous awards, including Congressional Black Caucus, Running Starts “Women to Watch”, Black Women’s Roundtable TrailBlazer, Global Leadership and the National Newspapers Publishers Association’s Press Champion Award.

Nicole is both an attorney and an intuitive coach. Through this unique blend, she has contributed to movements in the U.S. and abroad through human rights documentation, coaching and holding space in difficult situations. One of her proudest moments was working along side civil rights icon Bill Lucy, the architect of the historic Memphis sanitation strike for a national commemoration of the life of his good friend Nelson Mandela.

Nicole lives in Washington, DC with her husband, political scientist Marc Bayard, children and three pets.


Nicole knows each of us can be brave, courageous and visionary instead of “settling”. Whether its intuitive coaching, advising or business planning, Nicole brings decades of diverse knowledge and information to her clients so that they may live inclusive and impactful lives.

Nicole works with coaches who want more training and insight into how equity and inclusion enriches our coaching practices and our thought leadership. With coaches, leaders and healers, she assist them in embracing a holistic understanding of their role within their communities.

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Nicole works with schools and parents determined to raise and teach culturally competent children. She provides the adults with the tools they need to be both role models and guides in discussions and daily interactions with the children they serve.

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Nicole continues to fight for a more fair, just and equitable society. She continues to consult and advise with businesses and organizations on the role they can play to lead in human rights, diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.


“If you find yourself with opportunity to work with her in any capacity, do your career, personal life and relations a favor, and run towards it...”

Shawn moreton  |  Co-Founder

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